The Polygamist King: A True Story of Murder, Lust, and Exotic Faith in America (Kindle Single)

The Polygamist King A True Story of Murder Lust and Exotic Faith in America Kindle Single The astonishing story of James Strang a religious rebel who became a figure of curiosity sympathy and murderous hatred James Strang was a lawyer a newspaper editor and a failed politician before

  • Title: The Polygamist King: A True Story of Murder, Lust, and Exotic Faith in America (Kindle Single)
  • Author: John J. Miller
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  • Page: 305
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  • The astonishing story of James Strang a religious rebel who became a figure of curiosity, sympathy, and murderous hatred James Strang was a lawyer, a newspaper editor, and a failed politician, before he found his true calling as a self declared Mormon prophet Following the shocking murder of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, Strang lost a power struggle to BrighamThe astonishing story of James Strang a religious rebel who became a figure of curiosity, sympathy, and murderous hatred James Strang was a lawyer, a newspaper editor, and a failed politician, before he found his true calling as a self declared Mormon prophet Following the shocking murder of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, Strang lost a power struggle to Brigham Young He went on to form a dissident sect and build a personal theocracy on Beaver Island in Lake Michigan Strang was one of the most colorful people of his time a political boss who called himself a king, a cult leader who proclaimed himself a prophet, and a con man who tricked his way to power At first, many of his followers shared his fierce opposition to polygamy By the time of his death, however, Strang had five wives, four of them pregnant This compelling historical narrative delivers a remarkable tale of gothic drama and high tragedy, full of sex, violence, pride, fanaticism, and conspiracy John J Miller one of the best literary journalists in the country according to the Chronicle of Higher Education is the author of several books, including The Big Scrum How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football and The First Assassin, a thriller set during the Civil War He runs the journalism program at Hillsdale College and writes for National Review and the Wall Street Journal He lives on a dirt road in rural Michigan Cover design by Adil Dara.

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    1. John J. Miller

      John J Miller writes for National Review, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications He is the author of The First Assassin, a historical thriller, plus several works of nonfiction He is a contributing editor of Philanthropy magazine and a consultant to grantmaking foundations The Chronicle of Higher Education has called him one of the best literary journalists in the country.

    990 thoughts on “The Polygamist King: A True Story of Murder, Lust, and Exotic Faith in America (Kindle Single)”

    1. A fair enough view of Mormonism from an outsider, though that was not the subject of the book. If this is a fair representation of James Strang too, then this is likely the man who anti-Mormons would like to represent as Joseph Smith. But can't.


    2. I find it fascinating how new faiths are born and how people are so happy to follow them. how can someone just add a new book to the Bible?


    3. This was the longest 46 pages I've ever read. The title reeled me in, murder! lust! exotic faith! It was very dry and I'm disappointed.


    4. Interesting character, story feels rushed It may be due to their being very little source material on the subject, but the story felt a little rushed and jumped around a bit. Interesting read, but was not a big fan of the writing style.


    5. Interesting read about a man determined to lead and people looking for something to follow. Very interesting quick read about JJ Strang and his destiny with greatness (in his mind anyway). Would have liked a bit more detail about his offspring and what became of them.




    6. very interesting but could have used more detail. it may not be possible to find the details given the time, but there appears to be holes in the story.


    7. This is a history of the evolution of a part of the Mormon Religion. Some might want to read it because they have an interest in Mormon religion in general. Some readers may be caught by parts of the title “murder, lust, exotic religion.” Some readers may remember that they almost had a chance to vote for a presidential candidate who occupies high office in a group that believes in magic underwear. Then there is the fascination from people like me who cannot imagine there are so many folks w [...]


    8. If you're looking for an entertaining and informative read on an important period of American History, especially the Great Lakes Area, you're in for a treat. The Polygamist King affords the reader a wonderful insight into the psychological elements of polygamy, as well as the political back-lash against the original founders, and King George himself in upper Michigan. I strongly recommend this book for students of history and/or social-political and philosophical understanding of a critical sta [...]


    9. Interesting but could have gone into more detail about some beliefs and terms. Could have expanded on how this relates to modern religion. The idea of relating this to today didn't come until the very end when it should have been suggested at the beginning and expanded on throughout. It's pretty bare and gives only facts with no flourishes although it offers opinion in many other areas so a use of adjectives could have certainly helped make this less bland.


    10. Being a Mormon, this was interesting. I say that because this is a fragment of a branch off of Mormon history that I knew nothing about. That said, I'm not 100% sure about the accuracies of the book. You can get the basic ideas of what happened, based on what the records said. He basically sounded like a power hungry man, willing to go to any measure to control a people.


    11. Another Branch of MormonismI had never heard of this branch of Mormonism. This was a very readable scholarly work that served to highlight the never ending problem of democracy and religious freedom. Much of what happened in the mid nineteenth could sadly read for what happens today. We never seem to learn from other peoples mistakes!


    12. Grifters of the PastAn interesting book on one of the stranger religious phenomenon the United States… Pun intended. It leaves you wanting more but also wondering if there is any more to it. Sadly, the church is still infected with such religious grifters.


    13. Rise and fall of a lunaticThis is an interesting vignette about a religious lunatic and created a cult. It's a fascinating look at the early Mormon church. Miller tells the story factually and with verve.


    14. FascinatingThis book was such an interesting read, I read it all in one sitting! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the history of strange and elusive people and religions.


    15. Short, sweet and interesting.An interesting historical review of the beginnings of Mormonism. I didn't give it a higher rating only because it was short and factual, nothing more than that.


    16. This quite short introduction to an odd 1850s splinter sect of Mormonism run by the rather megalomaniacal James Strang is clearly written and appears reasonably balanced. However, the majority of the content appears to have been drawn from secondary sources.


    17. First book completion of the year! The Polygamist King by John J. Miller explores the life of James Strang, a less well known Mormon leader and the early days of the LDS church outside of Utah. Worth the quick 46 pages to explore an uniquely American church and historic figures.


    18. Not interestinglyIt is a book of facts with no direct story line. I found it to be boring and tedious. I would not recommend this book to any of my associate's who share my sameinterest.


    19. This book is a quick look into the history of Mormonism and it's differing sects. The book is written in a clear informational manor. The style of writing never pulled me in and the story didn't seem important. An overall interesting footnote of Mormon history.



    20. A quick but fascinating read about a very weird episode in American history. Honestly left me wishing for more.



    21. It was okIt wasn't an awful book but it wasn't what I was expecting based on the description. If you're interested in a history of Mormonism then it's right up your alley.


    22. GoodGood information on another aspect of early Mormonism. I enjoyed how it linked everything to the historical period. I would recommend this book.


    23. EntertainingAn engaging and informative read. It presents quite an interesting episode of Michigan history I've never heard of before with clarity.


    24. Interesting This is a fascinating chapter in American religious history and I wish it were treated as a full length novel. There's so much more here!!



    25. Not the greatestI would have wanted more detail into the life of the leader including pictures, third party stories, etc. It lacked in telling the complete story


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